Weaving on the Wall

Problem solving - the process of finding solutions to difficult or complex issues (according to Google). My problem or complex issue is the lack of access to a floor loom in order to make larger weavings. My attempt to fix such problem, suggested to me by a visiting artist here at VCUQ, is to make a loom on the wall- and it worked!

A bit of a knock off of a frame loom, however I am able to adjust the wooden planks to my desired length of the weaving. 

Working with dyed cotton and alpaca wool, I am translating my blind contour drawings into weavings. It would take me about two days, maybe less to weave this plain weave structure on a floor loom- but this process has pushed that back a few days. But there's always more than one way to make something! With my optimistic thinking I'll hopefully have this little guy finished and posted soon! 

Papercuts Exhibition

Currently on display in the VCU Qatar Gallery is Papercuts, a curatorial project put together by Reni Gower, artist and professor at the Richmond campus in Painting + Printmaking. The show consists of seven female artists from across the globe- Jaq Belcher, Michelle Forsyth, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scalon, Daniella Wolf, Beatrice Coron and Reni. With intense shadows and intricate cuts, the exhibition displays the varying ways in which paper can be transformed into a medium and become more than just a surface for other materials to rest on.  Some detail shots of the pieces below! 

Detail of Daniella 

Detail of Daniella 

Detail of Jaq

Detail of Jaq

Reni, Corina and Gina at the opening of Papercuts 

Reni, Corina and Gina at the opening of Papercuts 

New Beginnings - I'm in Doha !

This post is long overdue, but as many of you know I am currently living in Doha, Qatar - a little mask of land in Middle East Asia. Super cool, I know. As the B.F.A Artist in Residence at the VCU campus in Doha, I have a full nine months to make as much work as my little hands can bare, and soak in as much of the Qatari culture as possible. Check out my studio below- a little empty but soon will flourish with creativity.

Excited to share all things Doha and anxious to see how my work completely transforms while I'm here!

THE END OF VSC

It's actually over! My month residency here at the Vermont Studio Center has come to an end. Check out some of the work I've accumulated during my stay. 

Collaged drawings on paper and dura-lar 

Collaged drawings on paper and dura-lar 

Dolls installed on the wall

Dolls installed on the wall

Blind contour drawings with felt 

Blind contour drawings with felt 

Gouache and soft pastel

Gouache and soft pastel

Gouache and soft pastel

Gouache and soft pastel

Gouache and soft pastel

Gouache and soft pastel

Gouache and soft pastel

Gouache and soft pastel

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This group of work is either a work-in-progress or a sketch of a larger project. To see some finished pieces, just visit here

LOTS OF PUPPETS | NO BREAD

Vermont is a pretty quiet and empty feeling state, but there are a few cute little places hiding among the mass of trees. This past Sunday I visited the Bread and Puppet Museum in Glover, VT. Upon arrival, we were all expecting to see samples of bread available during our tour; but as you can see by the title, we were pretty disappointed. However, there was an overwhelming number of larger than life size paper maché puppets- everywhere!

Keeping my felted figurines in mind, you can imagine how inspired I was by this place. Lately I've been considering how I see my work existing in space. While I may not enter the world of puppetry, I was interested in the varying use of scale and materials. 

After visiting the museum, I am eager to see where my felting will take me! 

PRINTMAKING : KIDS EDITION

Who doesn't love watching kids put their talents to use? Not a single soul! Last week the Community Arts Manager here at VSC, Arista Alanis, held her yearly art camp with children ages 6-12, at Gallery 2. With different residents volunteering throughout the week, including myself, Arista was able to teach the kids several different Printmaking processes - Mono Tracing, Silkscreening, Woodcut,  and Multi-Layer printing were just a few of the techniques that were demonstrated during camp. At the end of the week, the kids put on an exhibition of their work and invited family, friends and VSC staff and residents to view all of the great work that was produced over the week. It was definitely an inspiring experience! 

Chukwuma and Sean running the primary color printing process

Chukwuma and Sean running the primary color printing process

Chukwuma helping with the press

Chukwuma helping with the press

David rolling the plates for Mono-Tracing

David rolling the plates for Mono-Tracing

Some great teamwork taking place with Arista's DIY silkscreening

Some great teamwork taking place with Arista's DIY silkscreening

ARTIST INSPIRATIONS : JOYCE SCOTT

I've currently been inspired by Baltimore artist and Beadwork Queen, Joyce J. Scott. With currently trying to develop the felted figures of my own, I find Joyce's work both playful and dark in visual content . Her rendering of the figure, with the use of multiple materials is striking and a move I keep in mind as I continue to work with fiber as the main medium for my figures. 

" Look Mom, A Doctor " 

" Look Mom, A Doctor " 

" Tanzanian Flayed Albino Man's Face " , seed beads and thread

" Tanzanian Flayed Albino Man's Face " , seed beads and thread

" Mexican-African-American / Casta Family "

" Mexican-African-American / Casta Family "

Check out more of Joyce's work here

OPEN STUDIOS

Last night, most of the staff and residents opened their studios for visitation and conversation. We all had the opportunity to see what everyone has been up to for the past two weeks, and it certainly was a great surprise. From painted felt by Chicago based artist Molly Eisenberg, to upholstered welded sculptures by Philly artist Olivia Jones, last night's open studios were proof of the wide range of talents here at the Vermont Studio Center. Check out some of the spaces and work below. 

Lindsey Schulz, Resident 

Lindsey Schulz, Resident 

Chukwuma playing his sound piece, Resident

Chukwuma playing his sound piece, Resident

Heather Stamenov, Resident

Heather Stamenov, Resident

Peery Sloan, Resident 

Peery Sloan, Resident 

Kristy Hughes, Resident 

Kristy Hughes, Resident 

Naima Green, Resident 

Naima Green, Resident 

Harlan Mack, Sculpture Technician 

Harlan Mack, Sculpture Technician 

Cosmo Whyte, Resident

Cosmo Whyte, Resident

Jesse Payne, Resident 

Jesse Payne, Resident 

Kate Lien, Staff Artist 

Kate Lien, Staff Artist 

Yong Chu Son, Resident 

Yong Chu Son, Resident 

Trevor Corp, Maintenance 

Trevor Corp, Maintenance 

I am anxious to see what everyone's studio looks like in another two weeks ! 

JUDY GLANTZMAN VISITS VSC

Today I had the pleasure of having artist Judy Glantzman visit my studio. Judy, much like her work, is a ball of energy and enthusiasm. Earlier this week she gave an artist talk, and touched on quiet a few things that I had been thinking about with my own work. Lately I've been attempting to loosen up and not contemplate as much about every mark that I make, and to just let the painting happen. Listening to her speak, Judy talked a little bit about the obstacles we create for ourselves as artists, and suggested just "letting go". 

Studio visit with Judy 

Studio visit with Judy 

Alice Neel , Oil on Canvas

Alice Neel , Oil on Canvas

" Make the painting you're making, and not the painting you want to make" 

Lavender Beauty, Oil on Canvas

Lavender Beauty, Oil on Canvas

Judith and Holofernes, Oil on Canvas

Judith and Holofernes, Oil on Canvas

My visit with her was great: following our conversation, I felt refreshed and anxious to continue making. 

Judy giving me some artists to look at !

Judy giving me some artists to look at !

You can check out more of Judy's work here

FELTED FIBERS

Welcome back! I needed a break from all of the painting I did last week, so I've switched stations and began working on some soft sculptures. If you've seen my last post, Artist-In-Residence, you may have noticed the wire armatures in the last photo, which will eventually be felted busts. Below are the sheets of wool I've felted and images of the wet felting process ( I generally use dry felting). 

1. The wool is layered, with each layer running in the opposite direction. 

2. I sandwich the wool in between a small piece of netting and massage warm water and soap in circular motion.

3. After repeating Step 2 three - four times, I will set my new piece of felt aside to dry, and it'll be ready to needle felt around my wire armatures. 

Being that I work better with having multiple projects going at once, I am also working on two smaller dolls, and considering placing them in a setting with ceramic fixtures- though I am still working through ideas of how I see them existing. 

A few additional materials and tools I've been working with. 

This little one is waiting on me to draft up a new friend for her, so I guess I'll get back to work. But thanks for checking in, and keep an eye out for my next update! 

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Hello! I am currently an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center (VSC) for the month of July. 

With a personal studio in the Barbara White Fishman facility, I will be taking this month to paint, felt and doodle to my heart's content - most importantly, to enjoy the time and space away from any distractions and create as much as possible. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to spend this month with all of the great artists gathered here and to soak in all VSC has to offer!

Sketches - Gouache and Soft Pastel 

Sketches - Gouache and Soft Pastel 

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Check back soon, as I will continue to post current works in progress, and the VSC experience!